On 29th March 2017, the United Kingdom (UK) notified the European Council that it intended to leave the European Union (EU). The Government of Ireland has published information on Brexit negotiations and while the focus remains on securing an orderly and agreed Brexit, a contingency plan has been published which sets out the Government’s approach to dealing with a no deal Brexit.
The legislative regime that will be applicable to food and food contact materials arriving into Ireland from the UK will be dependent on whether or not an agreement is reached between the EU and the UK prior to the 29th March 2019. The FSAI is committed to ensuring ongoing compliance with food legislation throughout the process of Brexit and will, together with its official agencies be working hard to ensure that public health and consumer interests in the area of food safety and hygiene continue to be protected.
EU notice on Food Law
The EU has published a number of sector specific notices to inform the public about the consequences of the UK's withdrawal in the absence of any Withdrawal Agreement. Included in these notices is the EU Commission Notice to Stakeholders on EU Food Law.
Further Information on Brexit
The FSAI hosted a website survey in December 2018 inviting food businesses to provide feedback on their concerns in regard to food safety and the possible regulatory impact of Brexit for their food sector. A summary of survey responses received highlights the concerns of those in the food industry, many of which the Government of Ireland have already taken into consideration in their contingency planning.
Guidance and updates on food safety issues related to Brexit will be provided on this page once they become available. Queries on Brexit related food safety issues should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last reviewed: 7/2/2019